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DEC announces new fishing spots on former Finch Paper lands

Tom Welsh (right) of the Rustic Homestead/Streamside Fly Shop in North Creek explains fishing gear to a visitor at the Adirondack Adventure Festival at Riverfront Park Saturday, May 4.

Tom Welsh (right) of the Rustic Homestead/Streamside Fly Shop in North Creek explains fishing gear to a visitor at the Adirondack Adventure Festival at Riverfront Park Saturday, May 4. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Fishing opportunities on stretches of shoreline along four Adirondack trout waters and one pond are now open to anglers New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced May 1.

“Through Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative, DEC is expanding access for anglers,” said Commissioner Martens. “The fishing rights provide previously unavailable public access for anglers on nearly ten miles of shoreline on some of the best trout waters in the Adirondacks. Conservation easements protect natural resources and provide public recreational opportunities while providing the economic benefits of tourism and timber harvest to local communities.”

Cuomo’s NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. This initiative includes improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, stocking as much as 900,000 pounds of fish, expanding fishing clinics and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions. Through these efforts, New York has become a premier destination for bass fishing tournaments at the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain and Oneida Lake and purchased more than 26,000 acres in fee and easements across the state in 2012 open to sportsmen for hunting, fishing and trapping.

The fishing rights on these waters are part of the conservation easements purchased on the lands formerly owned by the Finch Paper Company. The fishing rights allow the public to walk along the stream banks for the sole purpose of fishing.

Public fishing right signs are posted on the stream bank of each section and anglers must stay on the banks of the posted sections. Trespassing on adjacent private lands is prohibited. The sections of waters open to angling are:

Cedar River

The shorelines of three sections, with a total length of 3.1 miles, of the Cedar River in the Town of Indian Lake, Hamilton County, are open to the public for fishing. This stretch of the river is located south of the Cedar River Road near the community of Indian Lake.

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